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Shared genes link depression, schizophrenia, and three other mental illnesses

March 1, 2013

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Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Howard LeWine, M.D., is a practicing internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Chief Medical Editor at Harvard Health Publishing, and editor in chief of Harvard Men’s Health Watch. See Full Bio
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April 2, 2013

my brother is schizophrenic and i think i have a mental disorder should i talk to a psychiatrist

Charles Zollner
March 14, 2013

With any discussion about the genetic origins of disease, it is important to examine the epigentic effects as well. While certain genes are associated with mental illnesses, one has to look at the environmental factors that influence whether or not those genes are expressed. Ultimately, it is much easier to address those external factors than the genes themselves.

March 12, 2013

Mental fitness is as important to the body as physical fitness. Possessing good mental health allows us to be creative, to use our mental abilities to the fullest extent, make the most of opportunities and fight stress. When you’re not mentally fit, it can be difficult to perform complex tasks well. Practicing mental fitness daily will help you achieve and maintain a mentally healthy state.

Megan McGrath
March 11, 2013

Are these medical conditions caused by chemicals in food or is it hereditary? I came across a site that not only recommends healthy diets but also creates diets based on any medical conditions. It also provides information on all the different conditions out there, but always recommends foods that can help and much more..

James Grey
March 4, 2013

with today’s regulations, and restrictions I think the scientist find it hard to conduct research and utilize the necessary tools more efficiently…I don’t think any of these conditions is a disorder, but a gift…and the goal should not be how to cure these but how to utilize these gifts to the extend where they are more constructive and acceptable by society…rather than self sabotaging…see something highly destructive could be totally opposite, since it holds the capacity of manifestation for both…and curing these would be eliminating names like Nikola Tesla who I would like to remind you was a , thank you. How ironic that James Watson’s (co-discover of DNA and Nobel Prize winner) son is also schizophrenic.

March 3, 2013

I suffer from bipolar disorder and my brother has schizophrenia. I have known that our illnesses were related, and no one would deny that. This study confirms that they are, indeed, intricately related in the genetic code.

This gives me hope for better treatment, diagnosis and maybe a cure.

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March 6, 2013

Good thing we have hard working to scientist and health worker to help out your case.

Sigrid Wilson
March 2, 2013

I have a friend with bi polar & another one with schizophrenia & I suffer with depression & have adhd. For some time now, interestingly enough, I have thought how we are not not so different. What we do have in common is a reasonably high level of intelligence & family is all important to us. We are also very honest with each other & love each other deeply. We are 1 male ( schizophrenia) & 2 females, both business minded & have our own business.

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